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civ·i·lize

 (sĭv′ə-līz′)
tr.v. civ·i·lized, civ·i·liz·ing, civ·i·liz·es
1. To raise from barbarism to an enlightened stage of development; bring out of a primitive or savage state.
2. To educate in matters of culture and refinement; make more polished or sophisticated.

civ′i·liz′a·ble adj.
civ′i·liz′er n.

civilize

(ˈsɪvɪˌlaɪz) or

civilise

vb (tr)
1. to bring out of savagery or barbarism into a state characteristic of civilization
2. to refine, educate, or enlighten
ˈciviˌlizable, ˈciviˌlisable adj
ˈciviˌlizer, ˈciviˌliser n

civ•i•lize

(ˈsɪv əˌlaɪz)

v.t. -lized, -liz•ing.
to bring out of a savage, uneducated, or rude state; make civil; enlighten; refine: Rome civilized the barbarians.
[1595–1605; < French civiliser]
civ′i•liz`er, n.

civilize


Past participle: civilized
Gerund: civilizing

Imperative
civilize
civilize
Present
I civilize
you civilize
he/she/it civilizes
we civilize
you civilize
they civilize
Preterite
I civilized
you civilized
he/she/it civilized
we civilized
you civilized
they civilized
Present Continuous
I am civilizing
you are civilizing
he/she/it is civilizing
we are civilizing
you are civilizing
they are civilizing
Present Perfect
I have civilized
you have civilized
he/she/it has civilized
we have civilized
you have civilized
they have civilized
Past Continuous
I was civilizing
you were civilizing
he/she/it was civilizing
we were civilizing
you were civilizing
they were civilizing
Past Perfect
I had civilized
you had civilized
he/she/it had civilized
we had civilized
you had civilized
they had civilized
Future
I will civilize
you will civilize
he/she/it will civilize
we will civilize
you will civilize
they will civilize
Future Perfect
I will have civilized
you will have civilized
he/she/it will have civilized
we will have civilized
you will have civilized
they will have civilized
Future Continuous
I will be civilizing
you will be civilizing
he/she/it will be civilizing
we will be civilizing
you will be civilizing
they will be civilizing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been civilizing
you have been civilizing
he/she/it has been civilizing
we have been civilizing
you have been civilizing
they have been civilizing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been civilizing
you will have been civilizing
he/she/it will have been civilizing
we will have been civilizing
you will have been civilizing
they will have been civilizing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been civilizing
you had been civilizing
he/she/it had been civilizing
we had been civilizing
you had been civilizing
they had been civilizing
Conditional
I would civilize
you would civilize
he/she/it would civilize
we would civilize
you would civilize
they would civilize
Past Conditional
I would have civilized
you would have civilized
he/she/it would have civilized
we would have civilized
you would have civilized
they would have civilized
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.civilize - teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment; "Cultivate your musical taste"; "Train your tastebuds"; "She is well schooled in poetry"
fine-tune, refine, polish, down - improve or perfect by pruning or polishing; "refine one's style of writing"
sophisticate - make less natural or innocent; "Their manners had sophisticated the young girls"
2.civilize - raise from a barbaric to a civilized state; "The wild child found wandering in the forest was gradually civilized"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

civilize

verb cultivate, improve, polish, educate, refine, tame, enlighten, humanize, sophisticate The missionaries exacted a heavy price in labour from the natives they presumed to enlighten and civilize.

civilize

verb
To fit for companionship with others, especially in attitude or manners:
Translations
civilizovat
civilisereopdrage
civilizál
civilizacijacivilizuotikultūrinti
civilizēt
civilizovať
medenileştirmekuygarlaştırmak

civilize

[ˈsɪvɪlaɪz] VTcivilizar

civilize

[ˈsɪvɪlaɪz] civilise (British) vt [+ person, society] → civiliser

civilize

vtzivilisieren; person alsoKultur beibringen (+dat)

civilize

[ˈsɪvɪˌlaɪz] vtcivilizzare

civilize,

civilise

(ˈsivilaiz) verb
to change the ways of (a primitive people) to those found in a more advanced type of society. The Romans tried to civilize the ancient Britons.
ˌciviliˈzation, ˌciviliˈsation noun
1. the act of civilizing, or process or state of being civilized.
2. a civilized people and their way of life. the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Greece.
References in classic literature ?
Trent stood and watched it, smoking fiercely and felt himself a civiliser.
Il est certain que le sens general de ces passages est de << civiliser >> la vengeance archaique, de l'encadrer et de la limiter, le souci etant de se soustraire au cycle mortifere de la violence en miroir.
L'economiste a mis l'accent, sur la necessite de civiliser les comportements par la lutte contre la corruption des agents de l'Etat et la corruption politique et par la mise en place d'un pacte environnemental, suggerant la refonte des finances publiques, de l'administration et des caisses de securite sociale pour sortir de la crise economique.
Sabemos que el libro Civiliser le peuple et former les elites: L'education en Colombie, 1918-1957 fue el resultado de su tesis doctoral en Ginebra.
Ainsi, ce qui est--paradoxalement--au cceur du premier roman d'Andre Leo est une etude precise de la dissemination scientifique dans les campagnes qui passe, on s'en doute, par le role du medecin qui est a la fois de soigner, d'eduquer et de civiliser.
Similarly, reliance on the military for maintaining Vietnam's tenuous peace belied France's supposed mission as protector and civiliser.
Torrhebus is shown as a civiliser of the Lydians by the act of teaching them music, casting him in an Apolline role.
Pas de feminisme triomphant, de doure ou d'amertume, pas de tentative de civiliser un homme pour lui raconter des histoires ou tenter de l'eduquer.
Bien sur, la resistance qu'ils doivent surmonter est extremement forte, puisque les idees se trouvant derriere les renouveaux qu'ils proposent bousculent un veritable conglomerat des prejuges et de la routine mentale place sous l'autorite quasi sacrosainte de la tradition, mais, selon les remarques de Gabriel Tarde, au moment oo les peuples entrent en contact et commencent a se civiliser, ils s'imitent l'un l'autre de plus en plus vite et de plus en plus vite facilement, de sorte que le processus devient presque automatique et inconscient, en echappant au controle d'une action volontaire et en vainquant petit a petit toutes les resistances (156).
Con "civilizar" se traducen las palabras francesas polir, civiliser, poliser (Escobar "Civilizar" 423).
10) 'L'automobile a la conquete de Paris: formes urbaines, champs politiques et representations', 3 vols (Sorbonne, 2002); L'Automobile a la conquete de Paris: chroniques illustrees (Paris, 2003); (with Jean-Francois Doulet), Paris-Pekin: civiliser l'automobile (Paris, 2003); Paris et l'automobile: un siecle de passions (Paris, 2005).
2) Martii Koskenniemi, The Gentle Civiliser of Nations: The Rise and Fall of International Law (2002) esp ch 6.